Domestic Secrets

Domestic Secrets

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Rachel Whalen and Ariel Alexander have been friends for more than a decade. Despite their differences--down-to-earth Rachel owns a local hair salon; Ariel is a vivacious former TV star determined to hold on to her looks--they've helped each other navigate single motherhood, banding together against the soccer moms of Timbergrove, Oregon.

Yet lately, Rachel wonders about Ariel's increasingly erratic parenting and her clandestine love life. And Rachel can't reveal to anyone, even Ariel, how much she worries about her sullen, distant, younger son. When an unthinkable tragedy separates the two families, Rachel desperately tries to understand what went wrong. But as her assumptions are ripped away one by one, she must confront shattering revelations about the people she trusted and the suburban world that once seemed so safe.

Rosalind Noonan explores both the bonds and the gulfs that exist between parents and children, friends and neighbors, in a suspenseful novel that is honest, intelligent, and thought provoking.

Praise for Rosalind Noonan's And Then She Was Gone

"Noonan writes another gripping family story that handles sensitive issues with grace. The timely plot will hold readers in its sway." -- Booklist

"Rosalind Noonan has done an excellent job tackling this difficult topic...The story is both sad and uplifting, an offering of hope that will remain in the forefront of your mind long after you finish the last chapter." -- San Francisco Book Review
Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781617733277
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 10, 2016

It took awhile to get this story going, but once it did, I was hooked. Domestic Secrets by Rosalind Noonan was a wonderful "chic-lit" book. It was entertaining and a very fast read.

Rachael and Ariel are long time friends. Both are now single women with their own businesses to run while simultaneously trying to raise their children and make ends meet.

Every town has its secrets no matter how big or small the town is. This story starts with little secrets. Just little nuggets here and there that keep the story going. Then the huge secret is dropped and even then the reader still doesn't understand how or why it happened. I loved it!

The character's are well developed and for the most part likable. There were, of course, some characters where I just couldn't understand their thinking or behavior. This book is written from multiple character's points of view, which I loved. I have expressed before how, when done well, multiple views give the story depth and mystery.

I will not give away any spoilers, but will say that I did not see the ending coming! I thought for awhile that I knew where the author was taking me, but was completely taken by surprise! This is definitely a compulsive read! You will be hooked!

Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for allowing me to read and give my honest review. This what another ARC that I just didn't get to review before it was released. The good news is that it available now so get your copy! A 4 star read!


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